Yeast Infections & Herpes - What are the Differences?

The Symptoms of a Yeast Infection

Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are itching, inflammation and a white to yellow cottage cheese-like discharge. In men the tip or head of the penis will become painful and inflamed with possible blistering. This may be mistaken for herpes so consult your doctor if you are unsure. Sexual intercourse should be avoided as it is painful and may infect the partner.

Symptoms of Herpes Infection

Herpes is contagious and can be transmitted even if the person carrying the virus shows no signs of infection, this is the same with a yeast infection. Genital herpes are also part of the Herpes simplex virus. Herpes symptoms may show up anywhere from a week to a month after exposure. The first signs of herpes are fever and body aches, often confused with the common flu. These symptoms will be followed by sore red blisters.

Herpes is often confused with vaginal and penile yeast infections because of the many similarities such as blisters, pain and a discharge.

Both infections also involve painful urination.

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